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AniaR
11-29-2012, 12:12 AM
There isn't really a Merbella's Studios thread so I thought I'd start one. Literally just copying stuff from their FB so people on the network know where to find it.

Merbellas- Performing FB page (https://www.facebook.com/merbellas?ref=ts&fref=ts)

Merbella's Studios- aka Raven's Etsy! (https://www.facebook.com/MerBellaStudios?fref=ts)

Raven's Etsy Account (http://www.etsy.com/shop/MerBellaStudios?ref=si_shop)

Ordering Info: (taken from the "about" section on FB)


REALISTIC TAIL SILICONE TAIL:


Price: &1,000.00 USD (shipping not included)
-Tail is custom made to your provided measurements. Includes a built in Finis Wave monofin into the tail for swimming. Raised rounded scales and fluke texture. I am also able to customize the shape of the fluke with this design. It is neoprene lined and slightly buoyant in the water. Includes your custom color design. I do not charge extra for colors.
-Basic design does not include any "extra fins". Additional pectoral/ankle/dorsal fins can be added to your tail for an additional charge.
*This design is MUCH lighter than our performance tails and recommended for mermaids that do a lot of "dry" events as it is easier to maneuver in on land.



PERFORMANCE SILICONE TAIL

This is our most "Realistic" tail. Made entirely of a platinum cure silicone and is extremely durable and neutrally buoyant in the water.

Price: $3,000.00 USD (shipping not included)
-Tail is custom made to your provided measurements. It does include a competitor monofin built into the tail for excellent speed and ease in the water. We also another monofin option for a very "Flowy" look in the water. Basic tail includes your custom color design. I do not charge extra for colors.
-Basic design does not include any "extra fins". Additional pectoral/ankle/dorsal fins can be added to your tail for an additional charge.
The Silicone is very stretchy and durable. Tails generally weigh between 20-30lbs on land but are weightless in the water.

*All tails are painted with a custom paint I mix. Generally all very vibrant pearlescent/metallic colors for a very realistic shimmery look.
*All tails can be used in fresh, salt or chlorinated water.

All orders are placed by e-mail. All serious inquiries can email me at info@merbellas.com for payment information, measurements and to discuss tail design.
I am only able to accept payment in full minus shipping cost. I ask for the shipping cost once you have received pictures of your completed tail.

I am willing to do custom sculptures (custom fluke or fins) for your tail for an additional charge.

Place ORDERS ONLY by emailing merbellastudios@gmail.com when Raven posts they are taking orders

Warranty:
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/320136_412891888766897_1842761182_n.jpg


Now the fun stuff, Raven's creations!!! (Only a small sampling!)


Tails
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Tops

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Accessories
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Other fun things
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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=446957802026972&set=pb.178589958863759.-2207520000.1354161885&type=3&theater

Videos


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekmKSZ4s_nU


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNWtR7I4Jyg

Spindrift
11-29-2012, 12:52 AM
Everything is so pretty I could cry! :)

Elle
11-29-2012, 06:11 AM
Everything is so pretty I could cry! :)

Agreed!!!! I wish I had the funds to order from Raven. :(

Ayla of Duluth
11-29-2012, 10:24 AM
I'm so excited to get my tail from her! I hope it comes before Christmas so I can wrap it up and put it under my tree. :D
I'm saving up for one of her tops, I'm not sure which one though. I really like the octopus top, and the scale corset, even though I don't think she really makes them to sell. All of her stuff is just so beautiful <3

MerEmma
11-29-2012, 10:47 AM
I absolutely love all of her tails. Especially the blue ones. :P

Morticia Mermaid
11-29-2012, 11:02 AM
I can't wait till I can afford a Raven tail... I'd love to have one of her tops, but its almost impossible to get one in my size :( I'm a 38DD. And I can't find anyone who makes full shell tops for that size, not just a bra covered in a bunch of tiny shells

Ashe
11-29-2012, 11:48 AM
Her work is so amazing! And same here, I so can't wait to be able to afford one of her silicone tails and a shell top :). My favorite tails of her's is the rainbow tail and the blue and white one.

AniaR
11-29-2012, 12:17 PM
I'm a 38DD. And I can't find anyone who makes full shell tops for that size, not just a bra covered in a bunch of tiny shells
She made one for Mermaid Cydney who is also very busty! I'm not sure her size (you'd have to ask her) but there's a few threads floating around for bustier mers. Raven loves a challenge ;)

Morticia Mermaid
11-29-2012, 12:29 PM
Well, I've messaged her several times about wanting a top, would pay for it, and I have never heard anything back from her... At all... Been trying the last 3 months, on Etsy, their email AND Facebook... Never hear anything back

AniaR
11-29-2012, 01:51 PM
they get overwhelmed with messages and only use the official email right now. As far as tops, I'm guess she's just not taking any custom orders at the moment, just selling whatever is up on her etsy. Just keep an eye out. She's super busy right now getting orders out but she'll be taking a break. Whenever she's willing to take on new projects she makes a post. I also sent her this link so I'm sure she'll see your comment and know you're interested :) I think she just gets so many theoretical emails that there's no time to actually reply to them all.

Morticia Mermaid
11-29-2012, 01:53 PM
I've been trying to get a hold of her for the last few months though... And I've tried every possible way to get a hold of her, even the official email. I've even said in everything I've sent her that I WANT to buy a custom top, but still nothing... hopefully its not the same when I go to order a tail from her eventually

AniaR
11-29-2012, 02:45 PM
Yeah since about the end of summer she's been posting regularly that she's not accepting anything new. Hopefully you're able to get what you want :)

Elle
11-29-2012, 05:02 PM
I can't wait till I can afford a Raven tail... I'd love to have one of her tops, but its almost impossible to get one in my size :( I'm a 38DD. And I can't find anyone who makes full shell tops for that size, not just a bra covered in a bunch of tiny shells

I know how you feel. 34F over here..... it's very difficult.

Mizuko
11-29-2012, 08:21 PM
I ordered a tail and a shell top from her in August <3 oh man I cannot wait to see them!! :D I love the way she paints her tails, the colours... just... WOW! That is an artist at work! I'm going to cry like a baby when I open the package (and I'll film it, so I can laugh at myself later, haha!!)

AniaR
11-29-2012, 09:00 PM
geesh August? Right in time for the great silicone shortage of 2012! lol Film it, I did :D

Mizuko
11-29-2012, 09:44 PM
haha, yeah! Bad timing on my behalf! XD But I've heard rumors from fellow purchasers that the tails may be out before Christmas, so fingers crossed! That would be the best Christmas present ever!! *faints in excitement*
I've already warned my partner that he has the job of filming me. There will be blabbering. And perhaps drool. haha!!

Thalassa
11-29-2012, 11:19 PM
I'm so happy! I just ordered and paid for a Merbella's tail. *faints*

Merrow Fair Isle
11-29-2012, 11:24 PM
I'm so happy! I just ordered and paid for a Merbella's tail. *faints*



Zomgoodness!!!! HUGE congratz!!! That is so exciting! Cannot wait to see it!

Sea Pearl
11-29-2012, 11:41 PM
Those tails and mermaid tops are beautiful! I'd love to have one of her tails someday.

Congrats Thalassa on getting your Merbella's tail!

Ayla of Duluth
11-30-2012, 05:21 AM
I purchased my tail in July and was both relieved and surprised to find out I wasn't the only one who had ordered a tail around that time. For all the people who have apparently ordered ones, we certainly don't hear a lot about it. I wonder why.

AniaR
11-30-2012, 12:27 PM
For all the people who have apparently ordered ones, we certainly don't hear a lot about it. I wonder why.

She posted about the circumstances frequently on her FB page, right after her surge of summer orders, the silicone distributors went on back order and they didn't even notify the people who had placed orders. So they waited a while for the silicone and then when they finally called found out they were back ordered and had NO IDEA when they'd be able to send them new stuff. Then, her partner got a new job which left her to do the entire job by herself, and she wasn't even home in her studio to do it- she was staying with an extended family member. So when she was able to make the tails finally when things came through she literally pulled all nighters doing them in order from when they were ordered as silicone came in. When all this happened, they had stopped taking orders, and all the silicone didn't come at once. Then she got sick @_@. I couldn't exactly fly over and help so I tried to give some suggestions for managing the emails. You gotta realize, she'd have the email that were just questions, the emails of people who wanted to buy and hadn't read that she wasn't taking orders, the emails that were just fans,people who wanted to book her or book her mermaids, then every person who ordered a tail wanted multiple updates. She could sit there for a day and filter emails and reply, or spend the day making the tails, so she decided to make the tails. I taught her how to change some email settings to help her filter some things, and we realized she wasn't even GETTING some of the emails (which was also posted about on FB) and how to set up automated responses that gave answers to frequently asked questions. She also decided to save time she'd only be sending 1 process pic during the tail making, of when the tail was starting to be painted. Before that, they all look the same generally. And painting is the important step to make sure you're conveying what the person wants.

She did post these things multiple times on her FB, and let people know that despite the delays she was still striving to put things in the mail as soon as possible. She sent lots of stuff out without even getting to take a photo of it :p She also said on FB she'll be compensating people who had to wait a super long time with extra gifts.

There's a LOT of pressure as I'm sure Jesse, Stevi, and other tail makers will tell you, not to repeat mistakes others have made, and to live up to very high expectations. Originally Raven was only doing one order at a time but the demand became too big so she decided to take on more and stuff like this happens. At the very least she did her best to keep people updated as a whole (I realize people want individual emails, but working 100% by herself that just wasn't possible) and compensate. I think she learned a heck of a lot through this whole thing, and how she'll do some things differently, but honestly there's not a whole lot you can do when the people supplying your silicone don't come through :p

I'm just thankful people are being so kind, patient, and good about it. Having Raven as a friend I see stuff the public doesn't get to see and I KNOW how hard she works to make sure she lives up to everyone's expectations. She takes it very seriously and wants every mer to have their perfect dream tail and she puts a lot of pressure on herself to make sure it's absolutely perfect the first time. I had to wait a long time for my tail, it was delayed for a lot of reasons I didn't know at first and once I found out, I was frustrated but I could totally see how there wasn't anything anyone can do. I can promise you, all that melts away the instant that giant-ass box shows up at your house and you pull that beast out of the packing peanuts !!! You're going to have the best freaking tail of your life and it'll last your life. Mine was the first silicone she made, and she's learned so much since then, and mine was made thinner than any other silicone tail on the market and I'm telling you, the thing has taken a beating and doesn't show it!!!

And just to drive you even more crazy...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51lCoTFYMmE


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uHNyxXc_08


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_30M-6_uYx8

Mermaid Annariea
11-30-2012, 03:37 PM
one day, i will have a beautiful raven tail. she is such a wonderful artist.
IN THE MEANTIME, i love love love my fish butts tail :D

i do wish i could get a top from raven, but im relatively broke. :(

SeaGlass Siren
11-30-2012, 04:20 PM
one day, i will have a beautiful raven tail. she is such a wonderful artist.
IN THE MEANTIME, i love love love my fish butts tail :D

i do wish i could get a top from raven, but im relatively broke. :(
me too! she's so ...:squee!:

Arella
12-02-2012, 11:10 AM
I placed an order and am so excited to receive my tail :) they're just so beautiful!

Ashe
12-02-2012, 01:05 PM
Congrats Freshwater! :D

Thalassa
12-02-2012, 01:13 PM
I placed an order and am so excited to receive my tail :) they're just so beautiful!

Woohoo! *high fives* May I ask what the design for yours is going to be?

Ashe
12-02-2012, 01:25 PM
Oh, and you too, Thalassa! Congrats on getting your new tail :D

Thalassa
12-02-2012, 01:27 PM
Thanks, Kalani!

Mermaid Azira
12-02-2012, 01:30 PM
Whats your tail gonna be like Thalassa? :confused:

Thalassa
12-02-2012, 01:45 PM
My tail is based off of a steelhead trout (aka rainbow trout):

7885

I love the speckles and colors, and hopefully this will be pretty unique. I'm getting two sets of little fins wherever Raven wants to put them. Other than that, I gave her carte blanche to do what she wants. I'm also lucky enough to have gotten in on her Cyber Monday sale, so I'm getting a top and headdress to match my tail. I'm super excited to see what she does with them!

:yay:

EDIT: I know this goes without saying, but please don't steal my idea. :$

Ashe
12-02-2012, 01:49 PM
That is going to look so cool! Cant wait to see everyone's Merbella Tails :thumbs-up:

AniaR
12-02-2012, 01:59 PM
Dr Seaweed was actually making one like that last year, but he's been AFK for like, a year now. So not stealing, but just in case it ends up coming up again :p I think it'll look lovely on you.

Thalassa
12-02-2012, 02:05 PM
Dr Seaweed was actually making one like that last year, but he's been AFK for like, a year now. So not stealing, but just in case it ends up coming up again :p I think it'll look lovely on you.

Thanks for telling me, Raina! I actually came up with the rainbow trout because I liked the speckles on Raven's tails and I just googled for something similar in green. XP I thought rainbow trout was perfect, because that was the first fish I ever saw outside a fish tank! ;-) I'm excited to see what other mers tails look like!

Mermaid Azira
12-02-2012, 02:32 PM
^Pretty!^

Arella
12-02-2012, 05:35 PM
I was thinking royal blue and I don't know what else yet :)

Thalassa
12-02-2012, 10:10 PM
For those who've had a tail made, does Raven send you measurement instructions only when she's ready to work on your tail, or does she send it fairly soon after you've paid? I just want to make sure I'm not missing an email. ;-)

Arella
12-02-2012, 10:39 PM
I just sent her an email when I was reading for the measurement chart she told me to make the subject line in the email obvious and obnoxious so it doesn't get lost in the flood of emails she receives :)

Ayla of Duluth
12-02-2012, 11:14 PM
I believe she sent me an email asking fort measurements after I sent her the first payment. Then she started on my tail after I sent her the final payment. I don't think she sent instructions on measuring, but I already knew where to measure and I think she has some measuring info on one of her sites.

Thalassa
12-02-2012, 11:47 PM
Thanks, everymer! I searched my emails and found out I did miss an email from her. I've asked her to resent her measurement chart. Fins crossed I get the email this time!

AniaR
12-10-2012, 07:47 PM
Raven just posted a FAQ I thought I'd copy and paste it here!!! You can also view it on their FB here https://www.facebook.com/notes/mermaid-ravens-etsy/faq/455537217835697

Hoping this might help answer some of the questions we get all the time:)

1. How much are your tails?
We basically have two types of tails right now. The basic tail for $1,000.00 and the performance tail for $3,000.00.

2. How much are extra fins?
Fins are only available for our performance tail and they are $75.00 a set. They are very customizable and can be placed pretty much anywhere on your tail.
Dorsal fins are $250.00. Again very customizable just send us your ideas and we will do our best to bring it to life.

3. What are the differences between the two types of tails?
here are some of the main differences :)
-The basic design is neoprene lined and the performance tail is pure silicone.
-We do not offer any extra fins for the basic design.
-The basic design comes with s finis wave for the monofin the performance tail comes with the finis competitor (or te finis foil for a flowy fluke)
-The basic design features a simple fluke texture. The performance tails have much more elaborate and detailed flukes to choose from.
-The basic design generally weighs between 10-15 lbs. the performance tails average 20-25lbs.
-BOTH are swimmable, and intended for water use.
-BOTH include full custom coloring.
-BOTH are made from a platinum cure silicone called DragonSkin.

4.Do you sell latex tail?
No, we no longer work with latex rubber materials.

5. Can I get a Basic tail with a competitor monofin?
YES! We can install any monofin into the basic tail for an additional cost.

6. Do you need any mermaid models?
Currently we like to use our clients to advertise our products. We do occasionally need extra models for photo/video projects so if you are local and would like to send us your portfolio you can email us at merbellastudios@gmail.com also you can keep an eye on our page for any casting calls in the future.

7. Is it extra for colors?
NOPE! We do not charge any extra for color or design. Our goal is to create your dream tail. We do not charge extra but the more elaborate your design is the more time might be added to production time.

8. Whats the production time?
Currently 90-120days. We do work very hard to get orders completed as quickly as possible, but this is Art and we are more concerned with making sure you receive the BEST possible product even if it takes a little longer.

9. Is there a rush option?
yes, for an additional $450 we can rush your order if you need to be bumped to the front of the line. Please contact us before hand so we can determine if we can meet your deadline.

10. Why are your tails so expensive?
Well for states the materials themselves are EXTREMELY expensive. Also its not an easy process, very difficult. Simply our tails are priced at what we believe they are worth. We do our best to keep costs as low as we can but there are also several other less expensive options (as well as more expensive) on the market today if these are out of your budget.

11. Can you teach me how to make tails/will you tell me how you make your tails?
No. Sorry, but thats not what this business is for. Theres lots of info out there on the world wide web that can help you if your looking to make your own tail:)

12. How much is shipping?
Each tail is different so the price does vary depending on the tail and where the tail is going. We now ship COD (collect on delivery ) with FedEx. Basically means you pay FedEx directly to receive your tail when they deliver it.

13. do you ship out of the country?
Yes, we ship all over!

14. I've emailed you several times with no response, whats the deal?
We apologize for this, and are continuously working on the problem. We get FLOODED with emails on the daily. Mostly from a younger crowd, We can't tell you how many times we have taken the time to email back and forth with a "Potential client" only to discover they were only 11. We Get several emails constantly asking questions that are already answered on this page. SO please title your email "READY TO ORDER" and try to include as much information about your order in your email. Heres an example of a perfect email..

"Hello, my name is BLANK. I am interested in placing an order for a BASIC/PERFORMANCE tail.
I have funds available and I'm ready to pay. I also have a design drawn out for you to use as reference for colors, etc.
Please email me and let me know if you are available for taking orders.
Thank you for your consideration."

If you do have any questions that are not already answered here you can email us and we will try to get back to you as soon as we can.
But if you send us an email that just says "How much are your tails?" you probably wont get a response. (we get hundreds of these)
We will also try to keep updating this FAQ :)

Hopefully this will help answer some questions you might have, and a big THANK YOU to our fans who help us out constantly by answering questions on our wall or directing people to the answers for us. You guys are the best

Ashe
12-10-2012, 09:02 PM
^ Oh that is perfect! Thank you so much Raina and Raven!! I was *this* close to asking her myself if I could have the Wave swapped out in the basic tail for the Competitor. I am one happy fish! :)

Melanie
12-31-2012, 08:20 PM
Can anyone post an example of her basic tails? I can't tell if any if the photos on this thread are or if they are all performance.

MerEmma
12-31-2012, 08:33 PM
^ I know what you mean.
One thing I've been wanting to see from Raven is a video with a specific showing of the different tails to show so I know which is which. I've also been wanting to see the differences specifically between a competitor, a wave, a foil, & an Oceanika so I know what the flukes look like in the water. :P

Mermaid Saphira
12-31-2012, 08:36 PM
I often dream of the day when I will own a Mermaid Raven tail *gets all googley eyed *

ButterflyVision
12-31-2012, 08:37 PM
yeah, i would certainly like to see the difference as whether to know if i should save for a basic or a performance tail.

Ayla of Duluth
12-31-2012, 09:55 PM
I think Meshpa is in a few videos wearing a basic silicone tail lined with neoprene. But I'm not sure. I can't quite think of which tail it is.

MerEmma
12-31-2012, 09:58 PM
^ I know. Thing is, I can't tell which is Meshpa. :lol:

Ayla of Duluth
12-31-2012, 10:01 PM
she's the one wearing the scale corset top on the first page of this thread

Ayla of Duluth
12-31-2012, 10:02 PM
The one on the left acting all shy. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVZdnwvmJGw)

MerEmma
12-31-2012, 11:11 PM
No, I mean I know which is her in the clips where I can see her face. But in the videos swimming and such I can't tell because the camera is so far away.

Sephina
12-31-2012, 11:32 PM
I've been trying to get a hold of her for the last few months though... And I've tried every possible way to get a hold of her, even the official email. I've even said in everything I've sent her that I WANT to buy a custom top, but still nothing... hopefully its not the same when I go to order a tail from her eventually
I'm the same size and I've contacted Raven about getting an Abalone style top from her. The hard part is just finding the larger shells and then she can do the top no problem. I'm sure if you contacted her she could whip something up for you! I know she's keeping an eye out for shells for me, She can probably do the same for you!

AniaR
12-31-2012, 11:35 PM
LOL you know all this stuff is right on her fb page...?

Basic Tail:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/484150_381702815219138_482729219_n.jpg

It's silicone on neoprene and doesn't come with extra fins.

This is one too, though she is no longer offering extra fins with the basic model

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/558909_445638762158876_2117886105_n.jpg

You compare that with the performance tails that have a competitor monofin (more expensive + bigger) and is silicone without neoprene, with the option of extra fins and dorsal etc

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/394034_303730499683037_416707145_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/537674_455999424456143_1199427300_n.jpg

AniaR
12-31-2012, 11:37 PM
Meshpa is wearing the basic tail in this video, the green one with spots


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekmKSZ4s_nU

MerEmma
12-31-2012, 11:41 PM
I only kind of knew which was which...I never noticed the photos being labeled as what they were? I just saw the photos alone and I don't recall every seeing any labels (which on a few I actively seek'ed out). But thank you for the clarification!

Melanie
01-01-2013, 01:09 PM
Same here Emma. I guess that's a good thing that we can't tell though, huh?

I didn't know if her basic tails had raised scales as well or were more imprinted. I wonder if she could make a basic tail with a competitor if I sent her the one I already have.

AniaR
01-01-2013, 01:46 PM
they're all sculpted scales :)

NatalieMermaid
01-01-2013, 03:01 PM
Can anyone post an example of her basic tails? I can't tell if any if the photos on this thread are or if they are all performance.

Thanks for asking this. The website is not as clear as I would hope to see the difference. Someone might have already answered but thanks for asking!

MermaidRaven
01-01-2013, 03:23 PM
Thank you Steph! (you are ALWAYS so wonderful)

We are working on some comparison photos/videos to post to help show the difference right now. The Basic tail does have molded scales NOT imprinted scales. I didn't think they looked so similar but a lot of people are having a hard time telling the difference. We have also tweaked a few things to help them look a bit more unique.

Hope that helps!
<3

ButterflyVision
01-01-2013, 03:55 PM
Thank you Steph! (you are ALWAYS so wonderful)

We are working on some comparison photos/videos to post to help show the difference right now. The Basic tail does have molded scales NOT imprinted scales. I didn't think they looked so similar but a lot of people are having a hard time telling the difference. We have also tweaked a few things to help them look a bit more unique.

Hope that helps!
<3
that is because your so talented at make your tails in such good quality. its hard to make out the difference.

AniaR
01-01-2013, 04:06 PM
check out her latest basic tail she posted!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s480x480/406600_465530390169713_2015439291_n.jpg

Ashe
01-01-2013, 04:11 PM
Pretty!

Mermaid Saphira
01-01-2013, 04:12 PM
^^ So incredibly beautiful! Raven always amazes me :3

Mizuko
01-01-2013, 06:54 PM
check out her latest basic tail she posted!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s480x480/406600_465530390169713_2015439291_n.jpg

This one is mine ^_^ I was so extactic to see it!!

Mermaid Saphira
01-01-2013, 06:57 PM
It is? Wow! Great choice in colors Mizuko! You will look stunning in that tail :3

Ashe
01-01-2013, 07:04 PM
Really? That is going too look awesome on you! I love the colors on it :)

Mizuko
01-01-2013, 07:04 PM
Thank you!! It was the best surprise waking up to the picture!! XD I'm still bouncing around the house. haha!

Melanie
01-01-2013, 07:09 PM
Wow that looks amazing! I think I'm pretty much convinced that I will be coming to Raven for a basic tail. Her work is beautiful.

Mermaid Saphira
01-01-2013, 07:16 PM
Wow that looks amazing! I think I'm pretty much convinced that I will be coming to Raven for a basic tail. Her work is beautiful.
Definitely agree with you! And congratz Mizuko :D

Melanie
01-01-2013, 08:06 PM
I love all these new photos Raven just put on her page! So cool and helpful. Just sent my email to her for my inquiry.

Ayla of Duluth
01-01-2013, 08:10 PM
Alright, seeing as my tail has been shipped out, do you guys wanna see my full tail? :)

Mermaid Saphira
01-01-2013, 08:16 PM
^ What kind of question is that, Ayla? Of course we do! lol ;)

Ayla of Duluth
01-01-2013, 08:17 PM
I just figured I'd get you guys all worked up about it before I posted it ;)
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Mermaid Saphira
01-01-2013, 08:23 PM
:jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: ---Ten minutes later-- :jawdrop:

AniaR
01-01-2013, 08:31 PM
Here's an example Raven posted showing a performance tail on the left and a basic tail on the right

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/602839_465593206830098_989406660_n.jpg

Mermaid Saphira
01-01-2013, 08:32 PM
^ I am not really fond of the shape of the fluke in the basic tail. definitely saving up for the performance tail...

Melanie
01-01-2013, 08:40 PM
Wow that is beautiful!! Did you get the performance one? I still can't tell even though I've seen a bunch of photos now LOL.

Ayla of Duluth
01-01-2013, 08:41 PM
I think what convinced me that I wanted a Merbellas tail was the shape of her flukes. They were the closest thing to dolphin shaped flukes I had seen. That being said, I'm actually not too big a fan of the two different shaped flukes she recently made on her basic tails.

Ayla of Duluth
01-01-2013, 08:42 PM
Wow that is beautiful!! Did you get the performance one? I still can't tell even though I've seen a bunch of photos now LOL.
My tail is the performance model. Straight silicone, no neoprene, and a competitor monofin. Its been trimmed down to allow the silicone to pull it and bend it a little easier so its not too unnatural looking.

MerEmma
01-01-2013, 09:10 PM
This is all just too darn gorgeous. o_o

AniaR
01-01-2013, 09:54 PM
Seriously, my merbellas tail will be a year old next month. A YEAR OLD. And look at it... LOOK AT IT....

http://24.media.tumblr.com/d0dd9b05a4c34863c972dd97090f9ede/tumblr_mfwqi6EpXJ1r0wgkuo1_500.jpg

No photoshopping aside from the colour filter to try and avoid the over the top green from pool water/lights. That tail STILL looks every bit as great as it does when I pulled it out of the box, and we did the math... I have done over 100 mer gigs/events/photoshoots since I got it! It's been in all types of water, it's been dragged across sand, rocks, and concrete. It's been flown around, stepped on, dropped, kids walk on it constantly. I mean, I try to limit this stuff but the fact is I use this thing constantly so it gets put through some stuff! It's been in the sun lots, in the heat, and in the cold. The paint has never chipped, faded, or scuffed. It tore once due to my boyfriend trying to pack it and not understanding he couldn't fold the monofin- Raven fixed it when I got to Florida and you'd never be able to tell. I also poked a hole through it when I fell in it and my strong fingernail went through the thinnest part. Again, fixed, and you'd never even if you had it in your hands be able to find the spot. It glows under black light, and this thing was the first silicone one she's made. Her tails have improved SO MUCH since mine, so just think, mine is THIS GOOD and yours will be better :D

I'm just excited for all of you getting one. You will want to sleep in a bed with it and give it a name. Haha

Mermaid Saphira
01-01-2013, 10:02 PM
^^^^^^ :D ^^^^^^

Mermaid Annariea
01-02-2013, 01:53 AM
Here's an example Raven posted showing a performance tail on the left and a basic tail on the right

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/602839_465593206830098_989406660_n.jpg

do you think she would do the performance fluke on a basic tail? just curious, haha. (even if its a little extra $$)

Ayla of Duluth
01-02-2013, 01:55 AM
The fluke shape of her performance tail is actually her default fluke style. So yes. :)

Mermaid Annariea
01-02-2013, 02:39 AM
ayla: i certainly hope so, because thats my favorite fluke :D once i start being able to swim more, i hope to save up for a basic tail from her. omg her tails. so amazing. :3

spottedcatfish
01-02-2013, 08:36 AM
Seriously, my merbellas tail will be a year old next month. A YEAR OLD. And look at it... LOOK AT IT....

http://24.media.tumblr.com/d0dd9b05a4c34863c972dd97090f9ede/tumblr_mfwqi6EpXJ1r0wgkuo1_500.jpg

No photoshopping aside from the colour filter to try and avoid the over the top green from pool water/lights. That tail STILL looks every bit as great as it does when I pulled it out of the box, and we did the math... I have done over 100 mer gigs/events/photoshoots since I got it! It's been in all types of water, it's been dragged across sand, rocks, and concrete. It's been flown around, stepped on, dropped, kids walk on it constantly. I mean, I try to limit this stuff but the fact is I use this thing constantly so it gets put through some stuff! It's been in the sun lots, in the heat, and in the cold. The paint has never chipped, faded, or scuffed. It tore once due to my boyfriend trying to pack it and not understanding he couldn't fold the monofin- Raven fixed it when I got to Florida and you'd never be able to tell. I also poked a hole through it when I fell in it and my strong fingernail went through the thinnest part. Again, fixed, and you'd never even if you had it in your hands be able to find the spot. It glows under black light, and this thing was the first silicone one she's made. Her tails have improved SO MUCH since mine, so just think, mine is THIS GOOD and yours will be better :D

I'm just excited for all of you getting one. You will want to sleep in a bed with it and give it a name. Haha

Lol well if it's been through all of that... it kind of deserves it's own name. (Though sleeping in bed with it, might get a bit uncomfortable... lol). Looking at the comparison of the basic tail versus the professional one, is there a reason why the basic one does not have those sides on the fluke that the performance tail has? Are they harder to create?

Traveling Merman
01-02-2013, 08:53 AM
I wish she would make some accessories for guys like vambraces, pauldrons etc the only ones offered are either made of leather (will be ruined in water) or metal (will rust and is too heavy)

Mabye neoprene covered completely with scilicone and shaped to look like fish bones or leatherback turtle? 8573857485758576

I know armour isn't natural on fish; 8577 but it would be cool anyway! Lol

AniaR
01-02-2013, 12:32 PM
why not ask? She makes loads of accessories.

Ashe
01-02-2013, 12:57 PM
do you think she would do the performance fluke on a basic tail? just curious, haha. (even if its a little extra $$)
Yeah, same! I'm really not to happy about the change in fluke design and I hope that upon request it can be changed :) Maybe if you get the competitor monofin in there it will be different? I dunno :P

Ayla of Duluth
01-02-2013, 02:46 PM
I think that the basic tail shown in this thread is a custom design. All of her other basic tails have the same fluke as the performance model. I think because the tail has a neoprene base, it's easy to make a custom shaped fluke. So if you like the performance fluke, I'm sure she can do that on the basic tail.

Winged Mermaid
01-02-2013, 02:57 PM
That's right! The main difference between the performance and basic flukes (besides having or not having a layer of neoprene) is that the performance fluke is molded and the basic fluke is textured (no molding involved, just texturing of the silicone). Therefore the basic fluke can be customized a lot easier, and for no additional cost. But you have to specify to her what fluke shape you want when you order, and what she can do with the texturing process for the actual texture (not shape) of the fluke is limited. Otherwise to customize the performance fluke there is an additional cost, as she needs to sculpt and make a whole new mold for you.

Winged Mermaid
01-02-2013, 03:18 PM
do you think she would do the performance fluke on a basic tail? just curious, haha. (even if its a little extra $$)

I'm not Raven, so I don't know, but I can guess just from what I know. If she could it may be closer to the cost of a performance tail. If you want that particular fluke it has to be molded. As far as I can gather, the reason the basic tail is a lower cost is that the scales are cast super thin (so thin that they may be at risk for tearing on their own without the neoprene) then adhered to the neoprene, and the neoprene adds the needed thickness for a durable tail, rather than the thickness of pure silicone- which is expensive. Also I believe a huge difference is the fluke. The performance flukes are one solid hunk of silicone with a monofin in there. It's so solid that I've been told people who have the Foil in their tail can't even tell the difference between the foil and other (non-fiberglass) monofins, as it's one solid piece and all of it contributes to propulsion. Again, more silicone is more money. If she could cast it thin and put it on the neoprene it would be extra but not a huge amount. But looking at the texturing on the performance flukes I'm not sure that's doable. It looks to me that because of the peaks valleys of the fluke texture, that even a thin casting would be a lot thicker than what the thin casting of the scales may be. The high ridges of the side of the fluke are a big red flag to that, and if cast thin they may just not look right at all. Needing to cast it thicker than the scales could also add an issue of the silicone being different thicknesses in the tail and it may cause it to look uneven or have unseemly bumps where the scales cover the seam of the fluke.

I may be just completely talking out my butt here :P but that would be my conclusion based on my observations. But who knows, maybe she can and will if you request it!

Mizuko
01-02-2013, 11:49 PM
Ah, Ayla it looks amazing!!!! :D :D :D Congradulations!! I cant wait to see it in action! :D

Melanie
01-03-2013, 12:17 AM
I just emailed her yesterday about purchasing a basic tail and using a competitor so hopefully I will hear back soon and I can report back here. (:

Thalassa
01-03-2013, 10:30 PM
I'm just excited for all of you getting one. You will want to sleep in a bed with it and give it a name. Haha

I'm pretty sure I will. XP Maybe I'll post a picture, lol!

Anyway, I decided to go with Raven for a few reasons:
1) Fluke design. I like the shape, and I don't like a few of the other shapes out there.

2) Spots. My tail will have spots (small speckles, really) and I saw a tail Raven did with spots. They weren't big and polka-dotty, they weren't so small as to not be seen. They were perfect!

3) Durability. This actually should come first as it was the main reason I chose her. After hearing from many people (especially Raina) about how durable Raven's tails are, and knowing how much abuse my tail would take, I decided I needed one.

4) Nice big fluke. Seriously. I love big flukes.

I could go on, but these are the main reasons. I can't wait to get my tail (probably will be sometime in March) and I will definitely take video of me squeeing when I get it!

Ayla of Duluth
01-09-2013, 02:12 AM
I just posted my official review of my Merbellas tail in the review section. Currently I'm uploading my video review to youtube, and it'll be up and running at some point in like a half hour if the upload gets any faster =,,=
I posted some new pictures on my facebook page too so that's available to check out. There's a picture of my shell belt and mermaid necklace. Also a link to the written review here on mernetwork, because the forum seems to not want to show the most recent post, it's still saying [at least for me] that Oceana was the last one to make a post.

Winged Mermaid
01-09-2013, 02:22 AM
Your review is up! The add on that lets us have a review system requires that each post be moderated and approved manually by an admin, so when there are delays, that's why.

Ayla of Duluth
01-09-2013, 02:25 AM
oh thats nifty :) thanks for posting it. I had linked it on my facebook page but I thought other people could see it. Well, now they can :)

AniaR
01-09-2013, 12:08 PM
I read your review, I was concerned about my measurements too when I first put the tail on dry. Even with lotion it's just very difficult to move silicone around and smooth spots out. When you're in the water/ actually wet it makes a WORLD of difference. You can fine tune it and make sure it's on exactly the way you'd like. Also, you may still be able to lift the fluke once you get used to holding your feet the correct way in the monofin. If you can't do it dry, don't worry. There's lot of opportunity to try it out when you use the momentum of diving deep in a pool. You can do a surface fin slap! :)

See for you, I think you're going to find there's a bit of a learning curb since you've never used a monofin/swam in a realistic tail before. I had the benefit of learning with fabric, then an alex plus tail with a monofin, and it still took me a bit to get it down. I think a lot of the little concerns/awkward things you have will disappear as you come to know your tail and monofin :)

I dare say nearly all of us with belts have real shells on them. My weight belt is made with real shells, and my decorative belt is too. The trick to keeping belts from breaking is to put them on once you're in the water, and take them off before you get out. They only break if you're climbing all over and rolling around. If we can all make it work, I'm sure you can too. if you're feeling extra nervous you can always coat the shells in clear silicone or varnish etc to make them a little stronger.

I'm not sure what you mean by "gunky", silicone itself feels and looks kinda gross. When I saw the photos of the inside of your tail they're very similar to mine, and many other silicone tails so that's normal. However, after you take a tail off if you've used lotion inside it- that will be gunky and stay that way until you wipe it off. The nice thing about silicone is that you can literally stuff a towel in there and pull it out to wipe things off and dry. You may want to do what I did and invest in silicone sex toy cleaner ;) it gets rid of all the nasty stuff that accumulates when swimming (usually your own dead skin!) disinfects and prevents mold, but also will not break down the silicone and is safe for use on things that touch your skin. You can order something online if you don't feel comfortable going to a sex store. I suggest one that comes in spray bottle format!

Winged Mermaid
01-09-2013, 03:28 PM
Actually I don't think she can wipe out the inside of hers. She has a strange nylon-looking mesh all on the inside of the scales. Here's a picture she posted. (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=439797406085791&set=a.415064138559118.107226.364266683638864&type=1&relevant_count=1) I've heard of people using nylon mesh for strengthening silicone before (for the whole of the tail, or just to reinforce certian areas), but so far it's always imbedded in the silicone, not stuck to the surface. I'm sure Raven has her reasons, but it's a bit puzzling for a few reasons. One of which is that she won't be able to wipe it out or wipe it dry. Unless it dries super fast, drying the inside will be an issue, as will washing the lube and gunk out of the material without hurting the material or the silicone. Silicone is very stretchy, but usually if you put silicone on a less stretchy material it loses that ability to stretch as much, and to get a better fit. I have not felt the material, so I don't know how it will effect the silicone in that way. Just puzzling and concerning. Maybe we should just ask Raven about it, since I obviously don't know what I'm talking about with this stuff :P

AniaR
01-09-2013, 04:09 PM
Mine is like that too though, it's so thin that I never mention it. It wipes out perfectly easy. You can see it in my videos up close with my tail :) Seriously, it might as well be tracing paper. I've never mentioned mine because honestly I never notice it, it's like it's not there.

AniaR
01-09-2013, 04:11 PM
Here's an up close photo, scaled next to my thumbnail so you see how thin and small this stuff really is. I think because her silicone is tinted white it looks like there is more material than what's actually there. Makes it look thicker when it's really just the silicone behind it.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BAMYrzxCEAArQId.jpg:large

I can guarantee from my own experience it doesn't effect your ability to wipe it out or clean it or it's stretch.

Ayla of Duluth
01-09-2013, 05:26 PM
AniaR, your nails...They're gorgeous. Tell me your secret. :)
When I said the seams were gunky, I actually meant the outside. I did snap a few pictures, but I didn't think it was necessary to post them as it's not that big of a deal. Here is what I was talking about when I said gunky:
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I tried to show it in the video review, but it's really hard to see unless you look at the tail in person. The inside is fine, the seams sit nice against my skin so that's no deal at all. I was just talking about the seams on the outside, where the silicone looks like it was more difficult to work with. The black lines down the sides of my tail do hide them extremely well.

AniaR
01-09-2013, 06:03 PM
Yes this seems to be something with every tail maker. They get better and better at hiding them but unless there's one body mould for someone there is always seams.

As for my nails, that would be genetics. lol They grow crazy long, and I chop em off so I can play guitar

Ayla of Duluth
01-10-2013, 12:45 AM
So I got a message from Raven today, the monofin inside my tail is a Finis Foil, not a Competitor. Which would explain the open toe thing. :)

Melanie
01-11-2013, 04:42 PM
I just placed my order! Super excited.

Thalassa
01-11-2013, 05:58 PM
Question for anyone who has a Merbella's performance tail: How big are the bottom water-flow vents? (The holes between the two layers of silicone) My Fish Butts tail has vents like that of about half an inch and they gap something awful (could be the stretching of the neoprene, though). I've also had kids stick fingers into them before if I wasn't careful.

AniaR
01-11-2013, 06:52 PM
tiny and impossible to see without knowing they're there. Certainly not big enough to stick a finger in, and honestly, water doesn't usually get that far lol

Thalassa
01-11-2013, 07:54 PM
Good to know. Honestly, the Fish Butts holes were small to begin with, until kids put fingers in 'em. The first time it happened I heard, "She's not real! Look, there's a hole!" And my tail was yanked. I squawked and did the usual, "That hurts, don't do that!" But seriously? How the heck did they get that in there, and why did they think that was okay? XP So I was a little nervous when I heard Merbellas tails have similar vents. Good to hear that it won't be a problem.

AniaR
01-11-2013, 08:03 PM
it's literally like a tiny slit, not even a hole! This in mine, after a year of non stop use.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BAXg20NCUAAaxLn.jpg:large

I've got two, both in dark paint spots, both along natural grooves in the texturing.

MerEmma
01-11-2013, 08:31 PM
Raina, I'm curious, do your legs get wet when you swim in your tail? Swimming without my legs getting wet sounds so bizarre. xD

AniaR
01-11-2013, 08:49 PM
yeah they do. I think it's unavoidable because it's practically impossible to make something seal at the waist and stay sealed so water and air doesn't get in. If water and air don't get in, you get suction, and that looks bad. I remember reading that in Splash, she was shrink wrapped with plastic inside the tail to avoid the knees and ankles and leg in costume look, but even then she'd get wet too. If I model in my tail on beaches though, and I sit in waves to take photos etc, my legs don't get wet if the water doesn't come above my waist.

MerEmma
01-11-2013, 09:03 PM
Oh, okay. Thanks! I think I'd prefer my legs get wet anyhow. =P

I'm super psyched to see everyone's tails once they get them...I love to read the reviews, as well.

I've got a plan to start up this job where I'll get to make $10 a day (pretty good for a 13-year-old, haha) and within 300 days I'll have $3,000 to set aside for a Raven tail once I start growing. I'm super psyched. I start on Monday! ;)

Also, does anyone know where the video of the woman in the Merbellas tail at Nemo 33 (I think?) for the Christmas card is? I saw the video a while back but since it was in Flemish/French/Dutch/German (Belgium has too many languages...) I can't seem to find it. I've searched for a while now. >_<

Ayla of Duluth
01-11-2013, 09:27 PM
I think AniaR's tail is really interesting because the drainage slits in her tail are on the front of her fluke instead of the bottom between the two layers of silicone. Mine has drainage slits but I can't even fit my pinkie in them. They're like a centimeter long and there's only about 4 of them. The two layers of my fluke sit so tightly together that you literally have to go along the bottom edge of my fluke and use your fingers to try and seperate the layers to find the holes. They're literally invisible.

Ayla of Duluth
01-11-2013, 10:24 PM
Oh, okay. Thanks! I think I'd prefer my legs get wet anyhow. =P

I'm super psyched to see everyone's tails once they get them...I love to read the reviews, as well.

I've got a plan to start up this job where I'll get to make $10 a day (pretty good for a 13-year-old, haha) and within 300 days I'll have $3,000 to set aside for a Raven tail once I start growing. I'm super psyched. I start on Monday! ;)

Also, does anyone know where the video of the woman in the Merbellas tail at Nemo 33 (I think?) for the Christmas card is? I saw the video a while back but since it was in Flemish/French/Dutch/German (Belgium has too many languages...) I can't seem to find it. I've searched for a while now. >_<

Is this (http://youtu.be/MmNGfiRA5ec) it?

MerEmma
01-11-2013, 10:40 PM
AHHHH YES. THANK YOU. SERIOUSLY.

AniaR
01-11-2013, 11:02 PM
Remember, I was the first tail. So designs have improved since mine.

Jadestone
01-14-2013, 07:13 PM
Gosh after looking at all of these I just want one so much!! If only I could remember my bank username/password to check how much money I own... lol

Mermaid Allie
01-15-2013, 01:29 AM
I have enough for a merbellas, but i'm saving for college :) Fish Butt in 2 months or less though!!!!!!! SO PUMPED! Oh and I LOVE that mermaid xmas video its awesome!! Those tails are so life-like its amazing!!!

MerEmma
01-17-2013, 10:26 AM
Congrats on all that money, Allie! xD
I'm saving...slowly. lol.

Did anyone see Raven's new fluke design? It's gorgeous; but I can't decide which I like better. :b

Mermaid Danielle
01-17-2013, 12:04 PM
Raven's tails are so beautiful. If by some miracle I can afford to buy one in my future, I will most likely order from her. :)

Mermaid Allie
01-17-2013, 07:53 PM
No I didn't see the new fluke! Totally gonna go look on fb now! And meremma I've been saving for like 5 years now. Plus I babysit! Just keep going you'll save! And WHATEVER YOU DO DONT GO TO THE MALL lol

Mermaid Allie
01-17-2013, 07:57 PM
OH MY GOD THAT FLUKE IS BEAUTIFUL.

Thalassa
01-17-2013, 08:18 PM
I know, right? When she asked me which fluke I want, I was like..."Oh crap, can't decide!" So I told her to use whatever she felt fit best. XP Because they're all so gorgeous!

MerEmma
01-17-2013, 08:18 PM
Isn't it? I love her older flukes too, haha. My job got delayed and I don't start until next Monday...which stinks, but if all goes to plan I'll have 3k by the end of the year to set aside, then I can start saving for college/accessories/extra stuff in college.

Thalassa
01-17-2013, 08:24 PM
Isn't it? I love her older flukes too, haha. My job got delayed and I don't start until next Monday...which stinks, but if all goes to plan I'll have 3k by the end of the year to set aside, then I can start saving for college/accessories/extra stuff in college.

Nice! Definitely watch her Facebook for sales. I got a top, headdress and tail for as much as a performance tail because I was blessed enough to get in on her Cyber Monday sale (most amazing time of my LIFE).

MerEmma
01-17-2013, 08:33 PM
Omg, congratulations. GREAT timing on your part!

Mahi Mermaid
01-17-2013, 09:10 PM
Are there any pictures of that corset top with the tail? I'd like to see how they 'blend' together, or if they look to different.

Mermaid Danielle
01-17-2013, 09:35 PM
Just saw her new fluke design, I can't believe how amazing it is! It has such a magical quality to it! :)

Mermaid Allie
01-17-2013, 10:13 PM
I think that i'm going to get a belt from her etsy!!

Mermaid Azira
01-18-2013, 09:07 PM
Isn't it? I love her older flukes too, haha. My job got delayed and I don't start until next Monday...which stinks, but if all goes to plan I'll have 3k by the end of the year to set aside, then I can start saving for college/accessories/extra stuff in college.

Your parents will let you get a merbella's tail? You have some seriously awesome parents! If I may ask what job are you doing?

Ariel Starfish
01-21-2013, 02:28 PM
Seriously, my merbellas tail will be a year old next month. A YEAR OLD. And look at it... LOOK AT IT....

http://24.media.tumblr.com/d0dd9b05a4c34863c972dd97090f9ede/tumblr_mfwqi6EpXJ1r0wgkuo1_500.jpg

No photoshopping aside from the colour filter to try and avoid the over the top green from pool water/lights. That tail STILL looks every bit as great as it does when I pulled it out of the box, and we did the math... I have done over 100 mer gigs/events/photoshoots since I got it! It's been in all types of water, it's been dragged across sand, rocks, and concrete. It's been flown around, stepped on, dropped, kids walk on it constantly. I mean, I try to limit this stuff but the fact is I use this thing constantly so it gets put through some stuff! It's been in the sun lots, in the heat, and in the cold. The paint has never chipped, faded, or scuffed. It tore once due to my boyfriend trying to pack it and not understanding he couldn't fold the monofin- Raven fixed it when I got to Florida and you'd never be able to tell. I also poked a hole through it when I fell in it and my strong fingernail went through the thinnest part. Again, fixed, and you'd never even if you had it in your hands be able to find the spot. It glows under black light, and this thing was the first silicone one she's made. Her tails have improved SO MUCH since mine, so just think, mine is THIS GOOD and yours will be better :D

I'm just excited for all of you getting one. You will want to sleep in a bed with it and give it a name. Haha


Aaaargh!!! Omg, I can't wait to have a replay on my order mail! *drools*

Blondie
01-23-2013, 05:12 AM
Okies I have a question!

Does Raven still make tails like the ones in this video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekmKSZ4s_nU

I thought (uh oh don't kill me. I know little xD) that Raven started making her basic tails like this. They were lined with neoprene and used a finis rapid monofin. But now, her basic tails look much different. The fluke doesn't look the same with the pictures of the current basic tail model. These flukes in the video look so much more floppy and in my eyes more realistic.

Did she change the design? Or am I just looking at this weird? xD

Elle
01-23-2013, 06:12 AM
I think because of the competitor in Raina's tail, (and it's a stiff monofin) her fluke is completely stiff. Where as the rapid is much smaller in comparison and the silicone makes up more of the fluke than it would with a competitor (does that make sense or am I just rambling here?)

Thalassa
01-23-2013, 08:23 AM
It all depends on the monofin. She stated that the tails in that video don't have a competitor monofin. Competitor monofins are much stiffer. You can order a basic tail with a competitor monofin, but in general they come with a non-competitor, which gives the flowy look.

MerEmma
01-23-2013, 09:16 AM
She mostly uses Finis Foils for her tails, right?

Also, does anyone know which monofin is in the gold&white tail for that Christmas video? I really like the way it looks there.

AniaR
01-23-2013, 09:36 AM
remember, you can choose from several flukes for the basic tail too. All you're seeing is the variety. I think she can combine any fluke with any monofin so long as you're willing to pay for more expensive monofins and understand that the entire fluke wont be stiff unless you have a competitor.

Blondie
01-23-2013, 04:15 PM
remember, you can choose from several flukes for the basic tail too. All you're seeing is the variety. I think she can combine any fluke with any monofin so long as you're willing to pay for more expensive monofins and understand that the entire fluke wont be stiff unless you have a competitor.
That's what I was looking for xD Sorry guys if I lack sense in my words at 4 AM hahaha xD Thank you!

I personally love the floppiness. But I'm not so keen on the new design for her basic tails. I like the silicone on her flukes in that video. Sort of like your tail Raina, except with the rapid in it. I'm not buying tail from her anytime soon xD If I ever win some money in the lottery or something I will. But I do enjoy the look on those flukes in that video compared to now. But that's just me!

Melanie
01-23-2013, 04:34 PM
I ordered a basic tail from Raven and she is doing a different design than she has used before on mine. I want it to be a surprise when I get to post photos but she was very willing to make something new. (: I did send a competitor monofin to her as well.

AniaR
01-23-2013, 06:01 PM
ooooh exciting

Mermaid Lorelei
01-23-2013, 08:49 PM
Even though I'm making my own tail and plan on selling them someday, I still plan on getting one of Raven's for my tail collection. They're simply too gorgeous to pass up, especially since I've seen them in person and now that she's unveiled her newest fluke design.

Ariel Starfish
01-24-2013, 01:22 PM
I ordered a basic tail from Raven and she is doing a different design than she has used before on mine. I want it to be a surprise when I get to post photos but she was very willing to make something new. (: I did send a competitor monofin to her as well.


Melanie, when did you order yours? and when did u get a replay on your order email? I'm just wondering :)

Melanie
01-24-2013, 09:18 PM
I started the process around the beginning of January and paid about a week and a half later. :)

Ariel Starfish
01-25-2013, 12:07 PM
I started the process around the beginning of January and paid about a week and a half later. :)

Oh then It would be possible It starts for me at half february ^^ (contacted her january 22)

AniaR
01-25-2013, 12:31 PM
I think she recently posted she's not taking any orders again til Feb. So just keep checking her FB page

Ariel Starfish
01-25-2013, 01:41 PM
I'll do!

Thalassa
01-26-2013, 08:08 PM
Oh my gosh! Have you seen the gorgeous clownfish tail teaser? *dies*

ButterflyVision
01-26-2013, 08:32 PM
Yes! Honestly if I had not know raven for her tail I would have thought it was an actual clownfish. Amazing talent!

MerEmma
01-26-2013, 09:20 PM
Omigosh, wow.

Ariel Starfish
01-28-2013, 12:57 PM
It's bee, six days now...still no re^lay froù her :( I think i'll try again, so maybe i'll be in the order list for late february?

Ariel Starfish
01-28-2013, 01:43 PM
I'm sorry to spam this tread but: OMG OMG OMG OMGOSH!! I just got a replay (2nd mail) from Raven ! <3 AAAAAaaargh *dies out of happyness*

Theta
01-28-2013, 06:30 PM
Because I'm always late to the party:


Okies I have a question!

Does Raven still make tails like the ones in this video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekmKSZ4s_nU

I thought (uh oh don't kill me. I know little xD) that Raven started making her basic tails like this. They were lined with neoprene and used a finis rapid monofin. But now, her basic tails look much different. The fluke doesn't look the same with the pictures of the current basic tail model. These flukes in the video look so much more floppy and in my eyes more realistic.

Did she change the design? Or am I just looking at this weird? xD

I remember her saying that the green tail she's wearing in the video was designed specially to be used in her tank, so the fluke was smaller and way more flowy. I don't know if it's ever a model she really had for sale, although if someone wanted a similar one I don't think she'd tell them no.

And guys, can I just say that the drainage slits in my tail scared the shit out of me when I got in the pool last weekend? I didn't even know they were there (the only other time I've been able to take it in the water was less than spectacular) and I thought I put holes in it while putting it on! I about had a heart attack.

Blondie
01-28-2013, 06:45 PM
Interesting, if I ever am serious about getting a tail from her, I'll have to mention it. Thanks Theta! I'm sorry about your mini heart attack xDD Poor dear!!

AniaR
01-28-2013, 07:04 PM
theta your avatar is made of win.

devilkitten1
01-28-2013, 07:34 PM
There's another clownfish mermaid?! Was it a video or a picture?

Mermaid Azira
01-28-2013, 07:59 PM
There's another clownfish mermaid?! Was it a video or a picture?
A picture

Ashe
01-28-2013, 08:20 PM
Oh yeah! I was snooping around on their Facebook when I saw that gorgeous tail! I just about fainted! :D (lol not really)

Mizuko
01-28-2013, 08:31 PM
That is so incredible, I flailed around when I saw it! XD

Theta
01-28-2013, 08:40 PM
theta your avatar is made of win.

Hehe thanks :) What you can't see is my hand giving the middle finger to the camera. I'm a crabby mermaid most of the time, lol.

Mermaid Allie
01-28-2013, 08:48 PM
when i saw that tail i shouted NEMO out of excitement and amazement. Her tails are epic. I'd love to get a tail based off of a blue mandarin. that would be epic. 9334

Theta
01-28-2013, 09:03 PM
That right there is one gorgeous fish!!

AniaR
01-28-2013, 09:08 PM
yeah I posted that on her page saying she should make one like that!

Also, let's share more photos that haven't been on the thread yet since not everyone uses FB

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/62363_477999268922825_447603215_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/250211_473109132745172_312265846_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/396069_472394619483290_1469573720_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/207819_471902149532537_1896868795_n.jpg

Theta
01-28-2013, 09:33 PM
I am so in love with her new fluke style. Just... wow.

Blondie
01-28-2013, 09:45 PM
I just loooove that picture of her with all the tails around her. Beauty surrounded by her beauties.

Ashe
01-28-2013, 09:50 PM
Gorgeous. That's what Raven is and that's the word to describe her tails, enough said.

Mermaid Marissa
01-28-2013, 10:35 PM
I love her tails! She's so talented and I have been saving for one of the performance tails :D the only problem I have is that I ordered a belt on etsy and I have messaged her about needing it soon and she didn't get back to me :( I know they are swamped so I didn't want to push the issue.... I also contacted her a bunch about seeing if she could make me a seaweed top like she did a while ago and hasn't gotten back to me about that either. If anyone knows what the pricing of the top is that'd be helpful. Raina I know you guys are friends so I thought you'd know more about that :D

Mermaid Allie
01-28-2013, 11:18 PM
OMG ravens work is flawless.

Ayla of Duluth
01-28-2013, 11:26 PM
And guys, can I just say that the drainage slits in my tail scared the shit out of me when I got in the pool last weekend? I didn't even know they were there (the only other time I've been able to take it in the water was less than spectacular) and I thought I put holes in it while putting it on! I about had a heart attack.

I don't think my tail has drainage slits. It has the holes between the two layers of silicone at the bottom of the fluke but those don't drain water very well, if at all. I might try to cut some tiny slits in parts of my tail that don't take a lot of stress, just because I feel like it would be a whole lot more convenient. My tail doesn't have any slits at all. No slits like RainA has, no slits at all.

Thalassa
01-28-2013, 11:38 PM
Any other issues with drainage? Should I request slits, or just trust that it'll drain out whatever Raven does?

AniaR
01-28-2013, 11:51 PM
She puts slits in all of them, very unnoticeable. Ayla she puts them in really clever spots and your tail has a LOT of black. Just watch it the next time you're in the water. Hold it flat on the side of the pool and watch where the water comes out

Ashe
01-29-2013, 12:01 AM
I love looking at this thread!!!! But then I hate it at the same time... I get so jelly of all these gorgeous tails!!!!! I've already started saving a bit :) :highfive:

sydthefairebrat
01-29-2013, 12:36 AM
Oh my god. Sweet Jesus. Good lord. Other phrases like that. I want a fluke like that! It reminds me of a dragon!

Mermaid Lorelei
01-29-2013, 01:39 AM
Mermaid Raven's Etsy (https://www.facebook.com/MerBellaStudios?ref=stream)
I just want to clarify because we have been getting this a LOT lately, but we are NOT able to put the performance flukes on the Basic tails. I really appreciate the great feedback on the new fluke design but it is only an option for the performance tails. This is one of the main reasons why the performance tails are much more expensive than the basic tails. Please keep this in mind when designing your tail from us ♥

Just thought I'd set this here for those who were asking.

Blondie
01-29-2013, 03:45 AM
I saw that Lorelei! Thank you for posting it here though! I'm glad she clarified that.

Mermaid Wesley
01-29-2013, 04:59 AM
flailing in jealousy

Sammi Ray
01-29-2013, 05:13 AM
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:jawdrop::jawdrop::jawdrop: <3

Ariel Starfish
01-29-2013, 01:09 PM
I don't know if anyone noticed my post before but ; I GOT REPLAY FROM RAVEN YESTERDAY!! (10 mins after sending my second email, she missed out the first one)

WOOHOO!! I'm SO glad it's going to happen!! :thumbs up:

:jawdrop::jawdrop::jawdrop::jawdrop::jawdrop:

Ariel Starfish
01-29-2013, 01:14 PM
I ordered a tail and a shell top from her in August <3 oh man I cannot wait to see them!! :D I love the way she paints her tails, the colours... just... WOW! That is an artist at work! I'm going to cry like a baby when I open the package (and I'll film it, so I can laugh at myself later, haha!!)

U won't be alone XD haha!

Mermaid Danielle
01-29-2013, 02:26 PM
Someday I will order a tail from her... God those are so beautiful :)

Ariel Starfish
02-02-2013, 01:55 PM
Movely pictures you all! <3 Meanwhile, I'm counting down the days, weeks, months for getting my tail on my hands! WOOHOO! I can't believe it's happening! •^_______________^•

Thalassa
02-02-2013, 02:03 PM
Movely pictures you all! <3 Meanwhile, I'm counting down the days, weeks, months for getting my tail on my hands! WOOHOO! I can't believe it's happening! •^_______________^•

Amen! I have it all in my calendar "1/2 way to tail," "2/3 way to tail," "5/6 way to tail..." Just passed the halfway mark! GAH!

Ariel Starfish
02-02-2013, 02:14 PM
Amen! I have it all in my calendar "1/2 way to tail," "2/3 way to tail," "5/6 way to tail..." Just passed the halfway mark! GAH!

I have a countdown app on my phone xD

sugarpoultry
02-02-2013, 06:55 PM
She puts slits in all of them, very unnoticeable. Ayla she puts them in really clever spots and your tail has a LOT of black. Just watch it the next time you're in the water. Hold it flat on the side of the pool and watch where the water comes out

Are they just little gaps between the fluke and the base of the tail?

AniaR
02-02-2013, 10:14 PM
Are they just little gaps between the fluke and the base of the tail? Nope. I already posted some photos :) in another thread, I thought they were here...yes.. see?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BAXg20NCUAAaxLn.jpg:large

Just a tiny little slit, hidden by paint.

Ayla of Duluth
02-02-2013, 11:20 PM
is there glitter in your tail? it's really shimmery.

sugarpoultry
02-03-2013, 12:25 AM
Ah, makes sense since inside of your tail is gonna get wet, but this gives the water a way to escape so your tail doesn't fill up and make it a nightmare. Very handy! Thanks for the reply, AniaR! <3

AniaR
02-03-2013, 12:50 AM
you know what? I'm not sure if there's glitter in the paint or not. I spilled my mermaid minerals very very fine glitter in a bin I was using to carry my tail. It coated it and NEVER washed off. lol So it could be that.

Ayla of Duluth
02-03-2013, 11:29 AM
I like it. It really looks good. :)

Mermaid Danielle
02-03-2013, 12:40 PM
Raina, I absolutely love the colors of your tail!

AniaR
02-03-2013, 02:57 PM
Me too. It'll be a whole year since I've had it this month! I'm going to do a birthday tail post ahaha

Mermaid Danielle
02-03-2013, 05:40 PM
I can't wait to see it! It looks fantastic for being a year old (and much loved too, lol)! Just another reason why I'll be ordering from Raven when I am able to!

Oh, on a side note, I've started referring everyone who asks anywhere 'Can you make me into a mermaid' to your facebook page, mentioning they can receive updates and information about your mermaid book... I hope you don't mind. It's a lot easier than summarizing the process of becoming a mermaid...

:)

Best wishes!

AniaR
02-03-2013, 09:28 PM
eeee thanks :D

drucilla
02-04-2013, 12:43 AM
I loooove your tail!!!!! Wow I can barely see the slit in your tail! That is soo awesome

Mizuko
02-04-2013, 01:18 AM
My tail arrived today!! XD I haven't been able to open it yet though, because I'm still at work!! ARG THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME! <3 I cant wait!! (Only an hour to go...)

Mermaid Danielle
02-04-2013, 02:13 AM
Post pictures please!

Ayla of Duluth
02-04-2013, 03:04 AM
YOU BETTER POST PICTURES!

Mermaid Isabela
02-04-2013, 03:11 AM
I agree! Post pictures! I'd love to see!!

Mermaid Evolet
02-04-2013, 08:18 AM
omg please post pictures or better make a video. i'm so excited to see it =D

AniaR
02-04-2013, 05:31 PM
LATEST PHOTOS FROM RAVENNNN

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/600450_484558504933568_475805619_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/580696_484537754935643_568414665_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/555915_484532021602883_1647331818_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/382269_484209268301825_1780306695_n.jpg

courtneymermaid
02-04-2013, 06:29 PM
Stunning as always! Such a fan! :D

Nyx
02-04-2013, 06:31 PM
Oh god the tails just get better and better!
They are so talented <33

Mizuko
02-04-2013, 07:34 PM
Ok, these are not the best photos cos they were all taken with my phone's camera- and I was so excited I was still in my daggy work stuff XD
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This is the tail on. OMG ITS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I HAVE EVER WORN!! <3 <3
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I got a matching scale bra too! <3
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And Raven sent me a BEAUTIFUL hair clip and some really cute shell earrings!!
OMG I'M SO HAPPY <3

Mermaid Allie
02-04-2013, 07:43 PM
OMG YOU GOT THAT TAIL I SAW IT ON FACEBOOK AND I WAS LIKE OH MY WORD THAT DESIGN

Mizuko
02-04-2013, 07:45 PM
Its exactly what I wanted <3 she exceeded my expectations!! XD
(Um and so sorry about all the mess in the photos... ><;;;; LOL! It makes me and my partner look like pigs! XD )

MerEmma
02-04-2013, 07:50 PM
Wow, it's gorgeous! It looks much better on you than off. I love it<3

Can't wait to see your review after you get to swim in it and everything. Just, eeeeee!

Mermaid Isabela
02-04-2013, 08:16 PM
That looks FANTASTIC Mizuko! <3 I can't wait to see how it looks in the water!

Mermaid Lorelei
02-04-2013, 09:00 PM
Beautiful Mizuko! I love the colors that you chose.

Blondie
02-04-2013, 09:35 PM
Beautiful beautiful!!! It goes so pretty with your hair! Waaahh! Congrats!

Ashe
02-04-2013, 10:24 PM
So pretty, Mizuko!! :D

AniaR
02-04-2013, 10:26 PM
stunning! I'll be curious to hear about the neoprene one- I haven't tried it, looks great on you

courtneymermaid
02-04-2013, 10:54 PM
Mizuko you look gorgeous! Beautiful tail and colours! You look so happy! :D

Mizuko
02-04-2013, 11:13 PM
Its lovely and thick! :) And its has a bit of weight behind it (probably not as much as 100% silicone though!) so it doesn't feel like I'll tear it or anything! :D The fluke itself is really pretty cos its floppy!! <3 I cant wait to see what its like in the water!

lynsea
02-04-2013, 11:50 PM
That looks like it fits you perfectly and the coloration is superb! I love the subtle colors.

MermaidIsis
02-04-2013, 11:54 PM
Wow! Her work is so fantastic!

AniaR
02-05-2013, 12:19 AM
eeeeee :D

AniaR
02-05-2013, 12:31 AM
http://youtu.be/SjfrjPHkANc

Ashe
02-05-2013, 12:37 AM
GAHHHH!!!! So perfect!!!! :O

courtneymermaid
02-05-2013, 12:38 AM
Awesome!!

Melanie
02-05-2013, 12:49 AM
So excited for mine. :D

Elle
02-05-2013, 04:03 AM
I love the colours!!! Can't wait to see how it goes. It looks fantastic

AnnaAbyss
02-05-2013, 05:13 AM
Le Gasp! So beautiful! I'm a sucker for blue. I saw this tail on Facebook and thought it was awesome. CONGRATULATIONS! <3

Aino Revontuletar
02-05-2013, 05:33 AM
WOW Mizuko!!! I absolutely adore Raven's tails, and the colours you chose are absolutely to die for!! I love light pastel colours on tails <3 <3 in fact I think I just love pastels in general.

drucilla
02-05-2013, 07:58 AM
I feel the jealousy monster coming, grrr. lol jk I think it's beautiful and looks good on you. :)

Mermaid Evolet
02-05-2013, 09:50 AM
WOW this tail looks amazing and it fits you perfect... so jealous :D

Mermaid Harmony
02-05-2013, 02:19 PM
Wow you look beautiful and radiant in your tail. Like it was made just for you! Can't wait to hear how it swims!

Ariel Starfish
02-05-2013, 02:49 PM
Ok, these are not the best photos cos they were all taken with my phone's camera- and I was so excited I was still in my daggy work stuff XD
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This is the tail on. OMG ITS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I HAVE EVER WORN!! <3 <3
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I got a matching scale bra too! <3
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And Raven sent me a BEAUTIFUL hair clip and some really cute shell earrings!!
OMG I'M SO HAPPY <3

Omg! that picture! <3 <3 It's been a few days since I checked this place and now I see new costumer pictures! aaargh! <3 Thanks so much for posting! Now I'm even looking MOOORRRREEE forward to my tail! Also neoprene/silicone ^^

If u have time, could u post more pictures of the details on the tail? :p I'm just curious!

Mizuko
02-05-2013, 07:21 PM
Thank you everyone!! XD I'm a pastel girl- LOVE my pinks and blues, so I had to have a girly princessy tail! XD Raven painted it SO beautifully, the fading of colours is so pretty <3
I'll probably post a review once I've had a swim in it :D I've got a photoshoot next week to do the tail justice instead of me lying in my lounge room! haha!!

MerEmma
02-05-2013, 10:42 PM
I wanted to post this again real quick (thank you again to Ayla for linking me to the video again xD) but does anyone know if it's a Foil or Competitor or Wave in this tail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmNGfiRA5ec&feature=youtu.be

I really like the way it flows and I can't really tell. Not sure if anyone else can, but maybe someone with a Merbella knows how theirs look and could narrow it down?

Ayla of Duluth
02-05-2013, 11:36 PM
looks like a competitor

Ashe
02-05-2013, 11:36 PM
I believe it is a Competitor. You can tell because it is very stiff and holds it's shape in the water, instead of flopping around :)

Winged Mermaid
02-06-2013, 12:39 AM
I third the competitor. If you watch the other videos tails with foils in them (like this Merbellas video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekmKSZ4s_nU) with the foil they flop around a LOT. The competitor holds he shape, but it flows when you swim more than you'd think considering it's fiberglass :)

MerEmma
02-06-2013, 10:51 AM
Yeah, I see it now. Thanks so much. The Competitor does look really nice in the water. =P

Winged Mermaid
02-06-2013, 04:37 PM
Just a thought I've had that I thought I'd share. I know the floppy foil option is all the rave right now, but from what I can tell you have much more functionality with the competitor. For example, I haven't seen anyone with the performance foil fin be able to hold it over their head or lift it out of the water. The one I saw in person, she could barely lift the tail to the surface of the water, but then again she's a lot smaller than most (under 5ft I think). There's just too much weight and not enough support for that kind of functionality. Everyone who has gotten the competitor has been able to lift it fine. I could be wrong, but this was just an observation that I though I would share for consideration by anyone thinking of ordering a tail.
On the plus side, I've been told that the floppyness doesn't effect the propulsion- since the silicone and monofin are one solid hunk of fluke, the silicone acts as an extension of the monofin instead of just "being there" and in the way like it is in other tails.

Also, Raven is adding an super cool order option!


Mermaid Raven's Etsy
I like to add a new option to the ordering process, "Raven's choice" I would design your tail almost completely. If I felt the design needed any extra fins I would add them with no charge. and it would be a surprise till your tail was completed. Who would be willing to do this? ;) ♥

Mermaid Raven's Etsy
Yeah I would be fine with you choosing a color or complete artistic liberty:)


I think this is an awesome option. I always tell people whatever artistic liberties you are comfortable giving an artist, do it, because that is when you see their best work! I gave Raven artistic liberty with my coloring, and I can't wait to see how it turns out!

MerEmma
02-06-2013, 05:11 PM
You got to order a Raven tail? :jawdrop: Congratulations! I cannot WAIT to see it, either.

And I totally wanted to get the full competitor because there's so much more power there (not anytime soon though haha, I just love to dream about future tails xD) but I was really, really unsure about it being just *too* stiff. Now I'm totally sold on the competitor.

Blondie
02-06-2013, 05:56 PM
I would completely trust Raven with designing my tail. And she says "almost completely" so I'm positive you could give her ideas to what you like and don't like. She'd probably would ask if you have a certain color scheme in mind. But that's just my theory. Doesn't make it true xD I think some of her best tails are the ones she colored herself.

Winged Mermaid
02-06-2013, 07:09 PM
With mine she said that she'd sketch out some color designs and get my input before laying down the paint. So perhaps she would do the same to make sure the customer is okay with it.

Ashe
02-06-2013, 07:34 PM
I can't wait to see how it turns out, Iona! I think the new option is pretty cool. And I REALLY want a competitor in mine, too. I like stiffer flukes that you can move around, without it just flopping over. Just my preference though, a lot of tails with smaller monofins look awesome ;)

Mizuko
02-06-2013, 11:45 PM
The new option is awesome!! XD If I had enough money for another 100% silicone one (...I'm saving up again >_>) I'd totally let Raven do the design!! :D

Mermaid Evolet
02-07-2013, 11:34 AM
Omg look what Raven just posted on FB
Now you can just draw your favourit designe <3
This is soo amazing and it makes ordering your tail design so easy :cool:

Fluke: Merbella
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=485946611461424&set=a.485946334794785.109119.178589958863759&type=1&theater

Fluke: Angler
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=485946601461425&set=a.485946334794785.109119.178589958863759&type=1&theater

Fluke: Merfin
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=485946598128092&set=a.485946334794785.109119.178589958863759&type=1&theater

Fluke: Basic
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=485946638128088&set=a.485946334794785.109119.178589958863759&type=1&theater

Ashe
02-07-2013, 11:41 AM
Woah!!! That is crazy awesome!! I so can't wait to order my MerBella tail :D

MerEmma
02-07-2013, 11:49 AM
I agree, that's totally cool! But so difficult to choose. The Merbella and the Angler are so nice looking. D=

drucilla
02-07-2013, 01:02 PM
Wait you can't design your own fluke?

MerEmma
02-07-2013, 01:24 PM
I believe you can with the basic tail? I think they're just easy guidelines.

Ariel Starfish
02-07-2013, 02:48 PM
I did my design on one of the templates and send it to Raven for future reference :)

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Mermaid Evolet
02-07-2013, 03:39 PM
which program did you use to paint it?
and i love this blue tail <3

Winged Mermaid
02-07-2013, 04:07 PM
You can design your own fluke with both. The basic tail there's no additional fee, but if you want to design your own fluke for performance fluke it's extra since she has to sculpt and make a brand new mold.

So cool that she posted those up! She knows us mers love to design tails!

It was really hard for me to chose between the Angler and Classic fluke shape... I ended up asking 10 of my friends and 9/10 said classic would look better on me than the angler. Plus I asked Raven and the classic is the largest one, so that sold me XD I love big flukes and I cannot lie! You other fishes can't deny.. *dances*

Ariel Starfish
02-08-2013, 02:18 PM
which program did you use to paint it?
and i love this blue tail <3

Thanks ^^ I used photoshop

Ariel Starfish
02-08-2013, 02:20 PM
If i could afford a performance tail, I would totally go for the classic fluke! I'm in love with it! So bad I can't have it on my basic tail :(

Ayla of Duluth
02-08-2013, 02:54 PM
If you can design your own fluke on the basic tail, why can't you have a classic fluke? I don't understand that part.

Winged Mermaid
02-08-2013, 05:16 PM
If you can design your own fluke on the basic tail, why can't you have a classic fluke? I don't understand that part.

You can design it's SHAPE, to an extent, but she has specifically stated that you can't change the texture of the basic fluke.

As for adding the cast fluke on a basic body- Basically what I said in this post (http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3783-Merbellas-Thread&p=53471&viewfull=1#post53471) is true. Remember the reason the basic tails are so cheap is because she casts the scales thin and uses much less silicone on the whole tail, and makes up for the thickness with the neoprene. You can't cast the flukes thin like you can the scales because of the great difference in depth of the shape. You have to cast it thick, and to do that more silicone is more money. Theoretically if you got a tail like like that, for all the extra money you'd have to pay for it you may as well get a performance tail. Plus to her it's probably not worth all the trouble and headache in having trying to make a performance fluke with a basic body. Just putting on the extra fins on a basic body were so much of a pain she discontinued that option, so I can't imagine trying to do that with a fluke. In the end it's just not worth it to her or to the customer to have that option.


Mermaid Raven's Etsy
January 28
I just want to clarify because we have been getting this a LOT lately, but we are NOT able to put the performance flukes on the Basic tails. I really appreciate the great feedback on the new fluke design but it is only an option for the performance tails. This is one of the main reasons why the performance tails are much more expensive than the basic tails. Please keep this in mind when designing your tail from us ♥

Ariel Starfish
02-10-2013, 08:02 AM
You can design it's SHAPE, to an extent, but she has specifically stated that you can't change the texture of the basic fluke.

As for adding the cast fluke on a basic body- Basically what I said in this post (http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3783-Merbellas-Thread&p=53471&viewfull=1#post53471) is true. Remember the reason the basic tails are so cheap is because she casts the scales thin and uses much less silicone on the whole tail, and makes up for the thickness with the neoprene. You can't cast the flukes thin like you can the scales because of the great difference in depth of the shape. You have to cast it thick, and to do that more silicone is more money. Theoretically if you got a tail like like that, for all the extra money you'd have to pay for it you may as well get a performance tail. Plus to her it's probably not worth all the trouble and headache in having trying to make a performance fluke with a basic body. Just putting on the extra fins on a basic body were so much of a pain she discontinued that option, so I can't imagine trying to do that with a fluke. In the end it's just not worth it to her or to the customer to have that option.

Yep, I asked her before in my order, and therefore it's not possible; :( But She'll be happy to paint the fluke the same way as possible as a 'merbellas' fluke :)